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Anathema - Distant Satellite

ANATHEMA “DISTANT SATELLITES”

I feel duty-bound to offer an up-front disclaimer about this review of Anathema’s latest release, Distant Satellites: The album doesn’t seem to have much business being reviewed on a metal website next to the likes of some of the other bands you can read about here. From what I knew of the band prior to writing this, I’m not sure

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Marty Friedman - Inferno

MARTY FRIEDMAN “INFERNO”

All I can think when listening to Marty Friedman’s new release Inferno is “Fiiiiiiiiiinally!” From the first song I realized just how much I’ve missed this guy in American metal. And it’s not just that I’m a huge fan of Cacophony or that I felt he was the only thing making Megadeth’s music listenable. What I’ve really been missing is

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Incantation - Dirges of Elysium

INCANTATION “DIRGES OF ELYSIUM”

Incantation’s forthcoming release, Dirges of Elysium, seems to reiterate once again that predictability is, and probably will always be, a mainstay of death metal. Even when it comes to Incantation, who are considered by many to be royalty within the underground extreme metal scene, I have to ask myself, “What is it that bands like this have left to express

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pyrrhonalbum

PYRRHON “THE MOTHER OF VIRTUES”

Back in 2011, I reviewed the debut album, An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master, from NYC prog/insanity metalers Pyrrhon. I described their music more or less as “avant-garde,” but not to the extent that it would descend into the noise category for the average listener. On that first album, they created a unique blend of technical metal styles that

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Sahg - Delusions of Grandeur

SAHG “DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR”

Did you know that Mastodon put out a new album last month? It appears that they moved to Norway, changed their name to Sahg, and retroactively put out three other albums under that name between 2006 and 2010.  What’s that? Checks imaginary in-ear monitor, a la Jon Stewart Sorry. I’m being told now that this is actually a separate band

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Numph - Theories of Light

NUMPH “THEORIES OF LIGHT”

Theories of Light, the independently released full-length album from Italian melodic rockers Numph, is a refreshing, somewhat familiar, addition to my preliminary favorites list for 2014 (though it was technically released in November of last year, and I’m just getting to review it now). Despite their oddly onomatopoeic name, which sounds to me a lot like the noises you’d expect

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James Labrie - I Will Not Break

JAMES LABRIE “I WILL NOT BREAK EP”

When I reviewed James LaBrie’s release of Impermanent Resonance last year, I gave it high praise for a couple of reasons. Namely, that he and his band put out a very listenable metal album that, while a departure from his work with Dream Theater, was not without many of the merits you’d associate with similar performance and songwriting quality. Impermanent

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Towers - II

TOWERS “II”

I have a feeling that one night in America a few years ago, a drummer and a bass player were sitting around in a basement getting drunk after band practice. The guitarist and singer had already gone home, and they had a very sophisticated conversation that probably sounded something like this (*insert various fart and belch sound effects where appropriate):

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We All Die Laughing - Thoughtscanning

WE ALL DIE (LAUGHING) “THOUGHTSCANNING”

If you scanned my thoughts while I was listening to the debut EP release from We All Die (Laughing), you wouldn’t find much brain activity at all. In fact, if you were looking at a scan of my brain you may have thought I’d died (while not laughing). It’s unfortunate, but that ridiculous wise crack is really the highlight of

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EVIL JON’S TOP 10 OF 2013

Musician and writer Evil Jon brings a unique perspective to the reviews he pens, and one thing is certain: he really digs prog metal. Following are the man’s top releases of 2013, in no particular order. PROTEST THE HERO : VOLITION   TURRIGENOUS : BLACK STONE OPUS   DETHKLOK : METALOCALYPSE: THE DOOMSTAR REQUIEM – A KLOK OPERA   SCALE

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Anathema - Distant Satellite

ANATHEMA “DISTANT SATELLITES”

I feel duty-bound to offer an up-front disclaimer about this review of Anathema’s latest release, Distant Satellites: The album doesn’t seem to have much business

Marty Friedman - Inferno

MARTY FRIEDMAN “INFERNO”

All I can think when listening to Marty Friedman’s new release Inferno is “Fiiiiiiiiiinally!” From the first song I realized just how much I’ve missed

Incantation - Dirges of Elysium

INCANTATION “DIRGES OF ELYSIUM”

Incantation’s forthcoming release, Dirges of Elysium, seems to reiterate once again that predictability is, and probably will always be, a mainstay of death metal. Even

pyrrhonalbum

PYRRHON “THE MOTHER OF VIRTUES”

Back in 2011, I reviewed the debut album, An Excellent Servant But a Terrible Master, from NYC prog/insanity metalers Pyrrhon. I described their music more

Sahg - Delusions of Grandeur

SAHG “DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR”

Did you know that Mastodon put out a new album last month? It appears that they moved to Norway, changed their name to Sahg, and

Numph - Theories of Light

NUMPH “THEORIES OF LIGHT”

Theories of Light, the independently released full-length album from Italian melodic rockers Numph, is a refreshing, somewhat familiar, addition to my preliminary favorites list for

James Labrie - I Will Not Break

JAMES LABRIE “I WILL NOT BREAK EP”

When I reviewed James LaBrie’s release of Impermanent Resonance last year, I gave it high praise for a couple of reasons. Namely, that he and

Towers - II

TOWERS “II”

I have a feeling that one night in America a few years ago, a drummer and a bass player were sitting around in a basement

EVIL JON’S TOP 10 OF 2013

Musician and writer Evil Jon brings a unique perspective to the reviews he pens, and one thing is certain: he really digs prog metal. Following